Made In Hackney - Local Food Kitchen A Food and Drink project from London by mzsarab

We are now overfunding! Yeahhhh! Our new target is £13,500! 

Although we've reached our target the more money we raise the more courses to local community groups in need we can put on. Keep pledging and we can help even more people grow, cook, eat and compost food that's good for people and planet! Thanks for the support. 

About Us

The Made In Hackney Local Food Kitchen is a pioneering eco-community kitchen in Hackney, East London. Nestled underneath not-for-profit health food shop Food For All, we teach vital food growing, cooking and composting skills that are good for people and planet. Both the shop and kitchen are a project of UK charity AMURT UK.

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What We Do

In our classes we draw people's attention to the much overlooked reality of, 'Without a healthy planet, how can we be healthy people?' We therefore teach people in fun and inspiring ways healthy eating and lifestyle skills alongside environmental best practice. This means:

  • All our class recipes use local, seasonal, organic, plant based ingredients
  • All food waste is composted and taken to a local community garden
  • All cleaning products are homemade and non-toxic
  • Our vegetables are sourced from a local, organic, vegetable box scheme
  • We teach people how to bake and make desserts without refined sugar
  • We open peoples eyes to food issues - Fairtrade, Food Miles, Animal Welfare
  • The kitchen is an eco-kitchen with fixtures made from reclaimed and recycled materials including a counter made of melted plastic coffee cups

lady smiling with jar of preservesThree cornered leek pesto

Who Comes To Our Classes?

Everyone! Well we offer something for everyone. Our courses are attended by local charities, support groups and community groups most in need of developing food skills. Groups we regularly work with are:

  • Teen carers
  • Low income families
  • Adults with long term health problems
  • Young people excluded from school
  • Parent and children groups
  • Mental health support groups
  • Adults on rehabilitation programs
  • Cultural & ethnic minority groups

We also run pay-by-donation Community Classes led by local volunteers. These classes are open to everyone and have a wonderful social atmosphere and diverse mix of attendees who wouldn't usually get the opportunity to hang out and cook together. Past classes:

-Family Meals For £3ISH, Bread Making, Sugar Free Baking, Fermenting, Vegan Baking, Indian Cookery, Homemade Cosmetics and Home Herbalism.

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Our Results

We know what we do really works! From children who refuse to eat fruit and veg and by lesson 2 they're gulping it down; to soda obsessed teenagers who now make their own fresh juice everyday; to people with long term health problems starting to feel better for the first time in years; to young Mums who now cook from scratch every day as opposed to heating up microwave meals - we've had many tear-jerking success stories! 

Our over 750 participants from the last year have reported back loads of positive changes after attending our courses - these include:

  • Helped them to stop eating junk food
  • Double-tripled their fruit and vegetabe intake from what it was previously
  • Inspired to cook from scratch at home almost every day
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Have started growing their own food and herbs
  • Now know where to source affordable local, seasonal and organic food
  • Have starting composting their home food waste
  • Given them the skills to start up as smallscale ethical food producer

Why We Do What We Do

OK so we've all heard the depressing statistics. But it doesn't hurt to refresh ourselves to remind us of just how vital and potentially life and planet saving the skills that Made In Hackney teaches are:

Obesity: We're heading into what's been described as a 'pandemic'. If current trends continue it's predicted that by 2050 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children will be obese.

Diabetes: 3million people currently suffer from diabetes and this figure is rising every day.

Heart Health: In the UK 1 in 5 men and 1 in 8 women will die form coronary heart disease.

Expiring Planet: If current consumption and resource usage continues, by 2020 we will need over 2 planets to sustain life as we know it.

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What Your Money Will Help Us Do

Your donations will enable us to continue our vital work. The results of which will be:

  • Healthier, happier people
  • More environmentally sustainable food practices adopted
  • More opportunities for people learn local food skills
  • More people with food growing, cooking and composting skills
  • More people making healthy, sustainable food choices
  • More support to local, organic food growers
  • Training other kitchen collectives to set up similar initiatives

Thankyou for your support - together we can help create a healthy, affordable food system thats good for people and planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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£ 13,280 RAISED OF £12,500 TARGET
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PLEDGE £10.00 OR MORE 99 backers so far Small MIH organic shopping bag, name on donor mural and an invite to our celebration party
PLEDGE £15.00 OR MORE 87 backers so far Large MIH organic shopping bag, name on donor mural and an invite to our celebration party
PLEDGE £30.00 OR MORE 36 backers so far MIH organic, Fairtrade cotton apron, name on donor mural and an invite to our celebration party
PLEDGE £50.00 OR MORE 6 backers so far MIH organic, Fairtrade cotton apron, set of Le Parfait preserving jars & cook book, name on donor mural & invite to our celebration party
PLEDGE £50.00 OR MORE 3 backers so far One hour Indian Head, Neck & Shoulders Massage based on the ayurvedic system of healing that releases stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints. www.singharbeauty.com
PLEDGE £50.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far Meal Deal! Four people eat for the price of one at Hiba, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Holborn specialising in home-cooked food from Lebanon and Palestine www.hiba-express.co.uk
PLEDGE £50.00 OR MORE 14 backers so far MIH organic, Fairtrade cotton apron, large MIH Organic. Fairtrade cotton shopper, small MIH organic, Fairtrade cotton shopper, name on donor mural and invite to our celebration party
PLEDGE £50.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far Delicious, authentic meal for 2 at Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Stoke Newington, name on donor mural and invite to our celebration party.
PLEDGE £50.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far Meal for two at Tibits Vegetarian restaurant (www.tibit.ch), name on our donor mural and invite to our celebration party.
PLEDGE £75.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far Dinner for two at sustainable restaurant The Russet, name on donor mural & invite to our celebration party
PLEDGE £75.00 OR MORE 3 backers so far One hour Reiki session with reiki master Andreea Paduraru. Reiki is a process of channeling energy that helps with healing illnesses, stress relief and deep relaxation.
PLEDGE £75.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far Meal for 2 at Itadakizen - Europe's first organic and vegan Japanese restaurant http://www.itadakizen-uk.com/
PLEDGE £75.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far A month of free coffee (1 per day) at Look Mum No Hands cafe inside The Trampery on Mare Street, Hackney.
PLEDGE £75.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far Dinner for two at sustainable, local food restaurant The Russet, name on our donor mural, invite to celebration party
PLEDGE £100.00 OR MORE 3 backers so far One hour professional photoshoot courtesy of Kuba Nowak (www.dokument.co.uk). Portrait photographs taken either indoors or in natural surroundings of your choice. Digital files on CD will be provided after the session.
PLEDGE £100.00 OR MORE 4 backers so far A life coaching session with qualified life coach Nynke Brett of Namla Coaching www.namlacoaching.com
PLEDGE £150.00 OR MORE 9 backers so far Urban Food Growing consultation with an award winning Growing Communities Patchwork Farm grower (within Zones 1-6 of London), set of growing fact sheets and seed starter kit; name on donor mural & invite to our celebration party
PLEDGE £300.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far Dinner party for four at your house (Zones 1-6 London) cooked by the brilliant Cult Events supper club chef Ian Ballantyne, name on donor mural, invite to our celebration party.
PLEDGE £300.00 OR MORE 5 backers so far Weekend stay for 2 at any Hilton Metropolitan Hotel, name on donor mural and invite to our celebration party.
PLEDGE £300.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far Weekend stay for 2 BnB at any Hilton Metropolitan Hotel. Valued at between 350-450 pounds depending on location.
PLEDGE £500.00 OR MORE 1 backer so far Social media training by Kimberly Willis of Cedar Global Creative Content for you and up to 8 colleagues/friends to revamp your companies/charities/clubs social media strategy; name on donor mural, invite to our celebration party
PLEDGE £2000.00 OR MORE 0 backers so far An exclusive Made In Hackney course in preserving, cooking or healthy baking for you and up to seven friends, name on donor mural and an invite to our celebration party